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Palm Jebel Ali Trunk| Dubai, UAE

studio LFA designed the Palm Jebel Ali project to create an active, mixed-use, walkable and compact city center not found in the Palm Jemeirah.

The overall plan, designed in the form of a palm tree, is composed of two main components.  The trunk area will cover 350 hectares, and four crescent shaped neighborhoods to represent palm fronds, situated within the Waterfront Project by Nakheel.

The urban pattern emulates both the spirit and culture of the United Arab Emirates and ensures that as one travels throughout the island they are constantly reminded by references to water in all directions.  Possessing a truly dynamic waterfront, the design principles of the trunk are based on a strategic positioning allowing for views towards not only the water, but towards the neighborhood crescents.  The distribution and full integration of a variety of land uses ensures the maximum value of waterfront property throughout the trunk and fronds.  However, special considerations were taken to ensure that the public would have sufficient access to the water’s edge, parks, beach areas and amenities.

Specifically, the trunk of Palm Jabel Ali will focus on the integration of the latest technology.  It will provide access to media and an assortment of high-end services for all of the residences.  By establishing itself as a gateway, the trunk will define itself as a true center for innovation by incorporating a high-speed rail link to the airport.

The project represents a joint effort between studio LFA leading the planning design in association with RobertsDay leading the planning forum, FKM leading the architecture design and a team of local and international consultancies.